Why Visit Pantanal?
Step inside a living fairytale with a Pantanal vacation, and visit a land of exceptional biodiversity where all colors and sounds compete for attention. Stretching across the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, the Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland – ten times the scale of Florida’s Everglades – and home to record-breaking gatherings of mammals, birds and reptiles and a huge variety of activities for lovers of nature and the outdoors.
With the highest concentration of crocodilians and jaguars in the world, over 650 bird species (including iconic jabiru, huge hyacinth macaws and the endangered chestnut-bellied guan), and giant otters, anteaters, anaconda, tapir and maned wolves, Pantanal tours offer world-class wildlife and birdwatching. Explore this shimmering waterworld of superlative species from the comforts of a unique flotel or expedition vessel, or stay in a remote fazenda (ranch) for a true taste of Pantaneiro culture. Be sure to delve into the nearby crystalline waters of Bonito, a living aquarium that shouldn’t be missed.
Pantanal Tour Packages
Our custom Pantanal tours have been carefully crafted with enriching private excursions and thoughtful routes honed with years of in-destination experience. Browse our best-selling Pantanal vacation packages below and begin an unforgettable journey tailored uniquely to you.
What better way to explore the Pantanal’s widlife-rich wetlands than by boat. Step aboard our hand-picked portfolio of eco-friendly Pantanal cruises and floating barco hotels, exclusively designed to explore the region’s protected waters, and operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers in the region who offer exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge, and utmost levels of service.
Alternatively base your exploration from the luxurious comforts of a picturesque Pantanal pousada or rustic ranch retreat. Composed exclusively of the finest eco lodges in the Pantanal, our curated accommodation collection has been inspected first-hand by our local destination specialists to satisfy our strict criteria for authenticity, individuality and the highest of hospitality standards.
Want to know more about how to visit the Pantanal? Our destination specialists have compiled the definitive Pantanal travel guide to help you plan your Pantanal trip. Find out when and where to go, what to see and do, where to eat and sleep, and more below.
Do I Need a Visa To Travel To The Pantanal?
Depending on how you travel to the Pantanal, you may need a visa. Typically, travelers entering through Brazil do not need a visa for stays less than 90 days. Paraguay allows tourists to apply for a visitors’ visa upon entry. Most travelers do not need a visa to enter Bolivia; however, US citizens do.
Note all visitors will need to present a valid passport from your home country when entering any of the countries mentioned above, and will need to have at least six months remaining until the expiration.
Do I Need To Get Any Vaccinations Or Malaria Tablets Ahead Of Travel?
Make sure you are vaccinated against hepatitis A and typhoid. Some visitors to the Pantanal may need to be inoculated against rabies, hepatitis B, and yellow fever, though this depends on your wider travel plans. It is recommended to visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get any recommended or required vaccines and medicines you may need.
Your doctor will also be able to advise if anti-malaria medication is required for your destinations. More detailed information can be found on the CDC website.
What Is One Thing I Shouldn’t Miss In The Pantanal?
Of all the things to do in the Pantanal, local-guided jaguar safaris on the Cuiába River are a must. These give tourists the chance to see jaguars in their natural habitat, often sunning themselves or hunting lizards and caiman. These tours are part of the region’s sustainable tourism efforts and offer unmissable sights.
What Is The Local Cuisine Like?
In the Pantanal, you will be able to experience a mix of Paraguayan, Bolivian, and Brazilian cuisine. However, there are some regional dishes that you should be sure to try. These include many fish dishes, including spicy piranha soup and Pacu fish.
Is The Pantanal Safe?
For most tourists, the Pantanal is a safe destination. Just be aware that you should not swim unless you are with an experienced guide — remember there are piranhas, caiman, and anacondas. Also be sure not to drink the local water and opt for bottled water instead.
When Is The Best Time Of Year To Go To The Pantanal?
The best time of year to visit the Pantanal is between July and October. At this time of year, rainfall is low, drawing animals to the low banks of the river. This offers tourists the chance to experience both pleasant weather and more wildlife.
Is The Pantanal a Good Family Destination?
Depending on your family’s interests, the Pantanal could be an excellent family destination. There are some natural dangers of which you should be aware, but if you practice caution, you can enjoy a safe vacation and see some amazing sights.
Is The Pantanal a Good Honeymoon Destination?
If you and your significant other are adventurers, there is no more perfect honeymoon destination than the Pantanal. This region offers the chance to have unforgettable experiences and spot some of the rarest animals in the world. It is ideal for couples who love unique cultural experiences.